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When married the husband is to leave his parents’ home to commence a new home, the nucleus of which is a close bonding or relationship with his wife (Gen 2:24).

God holds the man responsible to protect and care for his wife and children. As the head of the home, setting the prevailing characteristics, he is to lead and guide his family, bearing in mind that he in turn is to submit to Christ (Gen 3:16; 1 Cor 11:3; Eph 5:23). The husband is to love his wife as himself;

Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved                             the church – Ephesians 5:25

being tender, self-sacrificing and assisting her in the domestic duties around the home (Eph 5:25,28,33; Col 3:19).  She is to be his continual responsibility and he is to help her become the person she is capable of being.  A wife whose husband continually has her best at heart will not be threatened or afraid to respect and submit to him. Both husband and wife are equal in God’s sight with neither being superior or inferior to the other.

For his prayers to be answered a husband is to be considerate to his wife, courteous, protecting, helping, respecting and having a right relationship with her (1 Pet 3:7). The wife although not as strong physically has other beneficial qualities and attributes that she brings to the marriage partnership.

After his allegiance to God, the man’s next responsibility is to his wife and family. Work and Christian ministry follow, although at times there will need to be a compromise or shuffling of priorities for a specific period. At all times he must remain morally faithful to his partner.

See also: family, home, male/man, responsible/responsibility, roles, wife, women.

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